Sigo Hatareyama works to clean out what is left of his house on March 21, 2011 in Kesennuma, Japan. The 9.0 magnitude-strong earthquake struck offshore on March 11 at 2:46 p.m. local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to ten meters that engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan, and also damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant, threatening a nuclear catastrophe.